ARLINGTON, Texas — Daniel Lee Prichard, 78, of Arlington, Texas, passed peacefully with his family at his side on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021.
The son of Floyd and Bernice Prichard, Daniel was born on Dec. 6, 1942, in Fredonia. His childhood days were filled with family gatherings, church and friends. Dan attended high school in Fredonia, where he was captain of the football and basketball teams his senior year. Dan earned his bachelor of science degree from Kansas State College of Pittsburg and his master of science in social work/counselor education from Emporia State Teachers College in Emporia.
Dan met his future wife, Gayle Ireland, while they were both employed by Parsons State Hospital and Training Center in Parsons. They married on June 17, 1966, at First Presbyterian Church of Parsons. The couple recently celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary.
Dan worked primarily in the field of rehabilitation of adolescents and adults, serving in many supervisory roles with the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. He was a board member and president-elect of the Kansas Rehabilitation Association. In addition, he also worked several years for IMS America conducting research on drug abuse that was sponsored by the Justice Department.
Dan and Gayle lived in various towns in Kansas as Dan accepted numerous supervisory positions with SRS. They raised their two children, Vic and Lisa, in Kansas as youngsters before moving to Texas when Vic and Lisa were in grade school. Dan worked with the Texas Department of Corrections for several years in Texas. They always lived close enough to family to visit grandparents and other family members often. In every position Dan held, he was known as a kind person who loved a good joke or a humorous story. He was a people person at heart and always enjoyed the people he worked with. Often co-workers or clients would return to visit Dan after their days of working together. In later life when family came to visit, his question when it came time for them to leave was always “Do you have to go so soon? Can’t you stay longer?” Dan loved people and it showed as he and Gayle readily opened their home to others.
Dan, Gayle, Vic and Lisa spent many happy moments through the years in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, where they enjoyed hiking trails, having picnics and being with other family and friends. Among Dan’s leisure pursuits, golf always ranked near the top, and at one time he was the proud possessor of a two golf handicap.
Dan and Gayle have always been active in their church, most recently New World United Methodist Church, Arlington, serving regularly as ushers. Dan was deeply devoted to God and spent the last few years of his life immersed in the Bible.
Dan is survived by his wife, Gayle; their son, Vic (Sondra) of Double Oak, Texas; their daughter, Lisa of Austin, Texas; six grandchildren, Spencer, Rebecca, Katelyn, Amanda, Hayden and Kayla; two sisters, Sharon Robinson of Phoenix, Arizona, and Sheila Prichard of Marlborough, Massachusetts; as well as their beloved dog, Toby.
A service in celebration of Dan’s life will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, Gayle requests that contributions be made to New World United Methodist Church in Arlington, Texas.